On Mon, 4 Dec 2000, Alistair Vining wrote:
> Just so I can follow, is this behaviour that's being discussed derived from
> / parallel to the former British usage whereby 120/- was 120 shillings and
> no pence? I.e. is the mark a solidus?
No. The /-like shape is because Persian digit shapes are different from
European ones, and a dot is too similiar to a zero in handwritings. I
don't know the roots of this symbol, but is surely originiated from the
REH-like shape currently used in many Arab countries.
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